2013 Scion xB

Patrick M Hoey

2012 Scion xB

MSRP (with destination): $18,005
PRICE AS TESTED: $19,690

ENGINE:
2.4-liter DOHC I-4
Horsepower: 158 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 162 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

TRANSMISSION:
4-speed automatic

DRIVE:
Front-wheel

WHEELS AND TIRES:
16-inch steel wheels
205/55R-16 89H Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires

FUEL ECONOMY (city/highway/combined):
22/28/24 mpg

CURB WEIGHT:
3086 lb

CAPACITIES:
Doors/Passengers: 4/5
Cargo: 21.7/69.9 cu ft
Legroom (front/rear): 40.7/38.0 in
Headroom (front/rear): 40.0/41.2 in
Towing: N/A

EXTERIOR/INTERIOR COLOR:
Army Rock/Black

STANDARD FEATURES:
16-inch steel wheels
Projector-beam headlights
Intermittent windshield wipers
Rear window wiper
6-speaker audio system
Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity
Auxiliary audio jack
USB port
Cruise control
Air conditioning
60/40-split folding rear seats
Sliding center-console armrest

OPTIONS ON THIS VEHICLE:
Rear spoiler- $423
Fog lights- $340
Cargo cover- $259
Carpeted floor mats and cargo mat- $184
Pioneer audio system w/5.8-inch touchscreen- $479

Pandora via iPhone

KEY OPTIONS NOT ON THIS VEHICLE:
Sport steering wheel- $319
Auto-dimming rearview mirror- $229

COMPARE TO:
Jeep Compass, Kia Soul, Nissan Cube

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Well, it is nice to know that someone is getting tired of the all-black interiors in cars that I call "coal-bin cars".  The bigger problem, for me, is that too many so-called "sport" cars only come with a black interior.  Even the Miata now has only black interior.  The Focus ST, BR-Z, FR-S and Scion TC-- cars that regular people can buy-- all have black interiors only.  I have owned 4 Honda Accords-- all stick shifts with beige interiors.  Now, Honda has decided that stick shift Accords will only come with black interiors.  Why?  Who knows.  Maybe a way to get rid of sticks?  So, if I want an Accord with a stick I have to put up with a dour looking black interior.  At least the new Mazda6, with a manual, can be had in a light interior (dune?).  Unfortunately, the two trim levels that have the stick shift cannot be optioned with a sunroof.  Yeah, like someone wants to spend $28,000 for a gorgeous midsize sedan with a stick-- but NO SUNROOF?  Stupid, stupid Mazda.  I could go on and on.  Oh, wait, I guess I have already done that.PS:  I haven't owned an automatic car since 1978.  Hard core or hard headed?

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